The Best Fashion Advice I Ever Received ~

was given to me by my daughter, then 5 yrs old, when she said to me “We should only buy things that are Ooh la la”.  Her rating system is “Ooh la la” or “Not, Ooh la la”, occasionally followed by a thumbs up or down. 
One day while we were shopping together, a lightbulb turned on and I realized that was the best fashion advice that has ever been given to me!  I feel every girl, and guy, should make that pledge.  Don’t you agree?
If only I had made that pledge years ago, I would not feel the need to clean my closet as often, tossing away clothing and shoes while wondering “what I was thinking?” when I made that purchase. Instead, I would have acquired a closet full of lovely cashmere sweaters, silk blouses, flattering skirts, beautiful dresses, tailored trousers and chic accessories that I had carefully chosen to last for years to come.  That’s not say that I don’t like a trend or two each season!  

My wardrobe will always be a work in progress.  Occasionally, I will feature pieces that I feel are “Ooh la la” and some of my favourite style icons wearing them. 

                                                                        xoxo, B

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  • Reply Couture Millinery Atelier. January 9, 2010 at 8:15 am

    I thought your daughter' advice is absolutely brillinat! 🙂 And I love every single “Oh la la” piece you chose. Years ago, after very bad shopping experience, I arrived at the conclusion that from now on I am buying things that I fall in love with at first sight. It has been almost 5 years now and for the past 5 years I did not clean my closet once! I am still in love with every single item I have in my wardrobe. Wishing you wonderful weekend!:-)

  • Reply Couture Carrie January 9, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Totally inspired post, darling B! These pieces certainly are oooh la la, especially the lingerie!


  • Reply lady jicky January 10, 2010 at 3:04 am

    Fantastic — your daughter hit it on the head.
    If its not Oooh La La — I am NOT buying it anymore!

    Best fashion advice I have ever been given and I am no spring chicken

  • Reply Belle Vie January 10, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Anya, if only I had started 5 years ago.. For me, it's only been 2-3 years. In that time, I have yet to think of anything I want to toss.
    Carrie, I could not resist any longer ~ I had to have the Fleur of England set ♥
    Lady Jicky, it's better late than never!

    xoxo, B

  • Reply lady jicky January 10, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Belle Vie – its going to be in the high 100f temps where I live so I am staying inside today with my little dogs!!!
    Guess what I am going to do?
    I am going to Ooo La La proof my clothing cupboards and draws!
    Now that should take my mind off the heat and onto the things I should toss! LOL

  • Reply Belle Vie January 10, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Lady Jicky, I cannot think a better way to spend your day ~ Ooh La La proofing your closet and with your little dogs. Pour a glass of champagne and let the revamping begin!
    My little dog, Mlle Coco, does not like extreme heat and neither do I.
    xoxo, B

  • Reply shopahallic January 12, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    OOOH LA LA – you have impeccable style!

  • Reply Marsi February 27, 2010 at 8:46 am

    This is my new fashion motto. Fabulous! Last night, I bought a pair of nude patent leather slingbacks with a kitten heel and a seasonless black pencil skirt, and believe me, they've both got plenty of “Oh la la.”

    Really enjoying your blog!

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